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By Arthur Schaller. 1998
Arthur Schaller was eleven years old when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, a time when the reward for turning in… a Jew was 100 cigarettes and a bottle of vodka. Separated from his family in the Warsaw Ghetto, Arthur managed to escape to the other side of the Ghetto wall, and posed until the end of the war as a Catholic orphan. Winner of the 1999 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 1998.
By James Giblin. 2002
Biography of the German political leader whose racial prejudice and personal ambition shaped World War II. Traces Hitler's life and… career from his birth in Austria in 1889 to his death in Berlin in 1945. Briefly discusses this tyrant's legacy. Some descriptions of violence. Grades 5-8 and older readers. Siebert Award. 2002.
Ten green bottles: the true story of one family's journey from war-torn Austria to the ghettos of Shanghai
By Vivian Jeanette Kaplan. 2002
For a brief period between 1938 and 1941, roughly 20,000 Jews found refuge from the Nazis in the one place… not requiring visas, police certificates or proofs of financial independence: Shanghai. In 1939, the author's family made a month-long, 7,000-mile journey to Shanghai, struggling with heat, disease, poverty, and fear. With the war's end came the shock of learning what became of family and friends left behind in Europe. Descriptions of violence. 2002.
By Stephen Kimber. 2002
In May 1945, the city of Halifax erupted in a riot - a two-day orgy or boozing, looting, window-smashing, dancing… in the streets, public fornication, and mindless mayhem to 'celebrate' the end of the war. The paternalism, privations, overcrowding, and tensions of a city at war created a situation waiting to explode, and an admiral's pride provided the match that set it off. Includes interviews with the people who lived through it - sailors, slackers (civilians), street urchins, prohibitionists, spies, profiteers, reporters, and just plain local folks. Some strong language. Winner of the 2004 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 2002.